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Democracy Now! Thursday, August 30, 2012


Published August 30, 2012


Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 1st Hour
Headlines

Slowly Moving Isaac Lashes Gulf Coast with Wind, Rains
Curfew in NOLA as Police, National Guard Patrol Streets
Obama Vows Gulf Coast Relief After Hurricane
Activists Say Thousands Flee Shelling in Damascus
Rejecting Buffer Zone, Assad Claims Regime Winning Syria Fight
U.S. Drone Strikes Kills 4 in Yemen
U.S. Deploys 200 Marines in Guatemala in Escalation of Drug War
Afghan Soldier Kills 3 NATO Troops
Egyptian President Makes Landmark Visit to Iran
Ryan Vows U.S. "Turnaround" Under Romney
CODEPINK Activists Disrupt Ryan Speech
Romney to Accept GOP Nomination at RNC Tonight
Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Pushes Democracy Now! Producer, Grabs Camera
RNC Attendees Removed for Derogatory Incident
Health Groups File Suit to Enforce Food Safety Law
Zimmerman Wins Removal of Judge in Murder Trial


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When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Republican National Convention, a woman identified as Adelson’s daughter grabbed our video camera, tried to take it into a private suite and then threw the camera to the ground. While Adelson’s daughter first accused Burke of hitting her, she later came out of the suite to apologize. The incident was caught on tape, shortly after Burke questioned another billionaire GOP donor, David Koch, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele. Burke files a report and joins us to describe what happened. [includes rush transcript]
Matt Taibbi: The Secret to Mitt Romney’s Fortune? Greed, Debt and Forcing Others to Foot the Bill


A new article by reporter Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone sheds new light on the origin of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s fortune, revealing how Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. Taibbi writes: "What most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth." [includes rush transcript]
Missouri GOP Delegate Dressed as Lincoln: Brutal Rapes vs. "Rape of Girl or Lady Who’s Inebriated"

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